The Dark Phoenix

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My name is Alexander Schrøder. I'm 18 years old as of April 6, 2004. I live in Oslo, the capital of Norway.

I won't tell you that much about me. If you'd like to know me, read my blog entries. They contain so much about me, they should let you know who I am. I pour my thoughts and activities into it.

   

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Thursday, February 26, 2004
Sonic Boom

I haven't mentioned it earlier, mostly due to the fact that I had forgotten it almost, but I'm a huge fan of "Sonic the Hedgehog". This "obsession" is kinda unexplainable. My first introduction to Sonic was when I was about six or seven years old. My uncle had bought himself a Sega Mega Drive 16-bit, and I was totally stunned by the wonderfulness of it. Remember that back then, the best thing so far had been 8-bit. At least of what I had seen. And now it was 256 times more color. What a difference it made. And the fact that the first game I ever saw and played on such a wonderful machine was Sonic has got to do something with it. While mentioning it, I am still more a fan of old 8 and 16-bit platform games than what I am of modern 3D simulations. The day Sonic turned 3D was the day I stopped caring.

If you're not a Sonic fan yourself, or if you don't know anything about Sonic at all, what I am about to tell will most likely make no real sense, mostly due to a lot of names of characters and so on. The best game of them all, if you ask me, and you don't really have the chance to ask anyone else here, hah.. has to be the "Sonic 3" and the "Sonic & Knuckles" cartridges combined game. It had the best Sonic could ever have. The graphics were really brilliant, the gameplay, although very linear and repeating, was, and is still, enchanting and great, and never since have I heard music that matches a game better than in this game. (There might be one game that has had better music, which would be Final Fantasy VII, but that's sorta off-topic) The very best song, if you gotta know, is the one for the "Sky Sanctuary" or the "Hidden Palace". My favorite character is Knuckles the Echidna. Don't ask me why, I don't know, you see.

But Sonic didn't stop with the games. There were of course TV-shows. (cartoons, naturally) The very best ever is the one known as "Sonic the Hedgehog - SatAM" (named so due to it's airing time, I think) The first, and unfortunately last time the show was aired on TV was when I was in elementary school, about nine or ten years old. I've been wanting for it to return ever since, which means I've been waiting for some time now. It'll probably never return though, it's "old stuff", and the current generation of kids most likely don't identify with Sonic the way my generation did. There was also another TV show which was somewhat good, but not nearly close to the quality of the SatAM show, called "The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog", which aired simultaneously with the SatAM one. I don't really care too much for that one to return though.

One nice thing has occured though. I've found a source for downloading the SatAM episodes. So I'm doing my best to ensure that I get to see them all again. I already have 10 episodes, which means I have 16 left to go. I just hope I get them all. And don't ask me where I get them, cause I won't tell you. Really. So just drop the thought. No offense though. But keep looking, and you'll find them.

That's the basics of Sonic, from my part. I could write a lot more, like how I feel for each game, and much more how I feel for the TV-shows and so on, but since this isn't really a "Sonic Shrine" or anything like that, I'll just leave it with this. There's a lot of nice information on Sonic the Hedgehog out there if you really wish to know more though. Just give it a google, and you'll find it.

In any case, I am going to bed now. I always write these too late. But nothing to do about that, I usually do other things in the rest of the days.

Posted at 00:21 by darkphoenix
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Saturday, February 21, 2004
Holidays have begun

Eh, at least it feels that way. Officially, the vacation doesn't start until monday, but it feels like it has already begun, since I don't have school during weekends anyway. My biggest problem is what to use the vacation for. First of all, I need money. Which leads to the fact that I need a job. So I should go out looking for a job. I figured I'll write an application, and send it to various places I would enjoy working at, or at least where I would get good money at, without harming myself or taking time from school and schoolwork. Secondly, I feel a need to do something more than just sitting around. I wouldn't know what though. I have some thoughts about what I can do, that I want to do. First of all, I would like to read. Just read. Whether it be litterature or scientific documents, I'd like to read something. I'd like to work out some. Maybe run, maybe jog. Maybe even try cross-country skiing again.

Considering there's not a single cloud in the sky, I suppose I should get my ass out of this chair, and get out. Out, into the city-part that I live in. To breathe some exhaust and CO2

Posted at 14:27 by darkphoenix
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Nice day today

It was what we call Winteractivity Day at school today, which we have once a year during winter, where we get out into Mother Nature and enjoys uh.. well.. winteractivities. I did cross-country skiing, something of which I haven't done since I was quite much younger. Last time I can remember, I must've been either nine or ten years old. I never felt like I was born with skis on my feet, like the legend about Norway goes, I always used to hate skiing. I've always been forced into doing it, something which I did not enjoy. But today was different. Today I chose it. So my attitude towards it today was quite different than what it had been before. For being a freshman (I don't remember anything of cross-country skiing from my childhood, all I remember was that it was no fun, and that I just kept falling all the time) I think I did very well. I had a few falls, and I got more tired than I think I have ever been since a very very long time, but fun it was. My ski poles were something like 20-30 cm too short, I was told. Well, how nice. No wonder my arms are about as heavy as a load of bricks when I was done.

Besides the fun of the day, going on skiis, the rest of the day was rather lame. We get to our destination, and I'm dead thirsty, so I go and buy some drinks at outrageous prices, regular at these places though. I paid 40 NOK for 7 dl of Fanta out there, while in the city I could've gotten minimum 1,5 l for less the price. Another thing, the so-called socializing we were supposed to do was totally silly, and it just ended with me leaving way earlier than I expected I would.

Just like yesterday I'm really really tired. Today I have a reason though. Not only have I been out skiing my muscles dead, I've been doing homework for a great while. So I'll stop now.

Posted at 23:01 by darkphoenix
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Monday, February 16, 2004
The update continues

Yeah, two entries in a day. Actually, I have a lot of catching up to do. Today has been a day that has tired me out. I don't know why, it's not like the day is a lot tougher than other days. In any case, tired I am. Especially in my right shoulder muscles and in my head. You know, that feeling where your head actually feels heavier than it is supposed to be. Unless you have never had a pounding headache.

I got this questionaire from the government today. It said I had been picked out randomly from the national register to participate in a test about drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Kinda funny, I had only ONE answer who was "yes", and that was that "yes, i have had a drink consisting of less than 1/3 desiliter of cider in my life", most others were like "no, I have not ..." I'm a boring person. I'm soon 18, and have not touched drugs nor cigarettes, and I have had so little alcohol in me that I didn't even feel remotely intoxicated. Oh well, I don't complain about that. I have a better statistic than most other people my age can live up to.

I'm not gonna write much more here, after all, I feel really tired, as I said. I'll most likely go and get some hours of rest in my bed. Then I should write something. Although it's not to be done until Friday, there's no reason to be slow about it.

One last thing, we got a test in math back today, which made me feel rather second-rate. Most people would of course be very happy with my score, but damn it, it could've been better. So many unneccesary mistakes. I wish I could take it again. Alas, the world is not always like I want it to be. I'll make sure to do better the next time. Such as on friday, when we have a test in physics, about light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum and thermodynamics.

That'll have to do for now. I would've mentioned an interesting class we had today, but I'm too tired.

Posted at 17:00 by darkphoenix
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An update on my life

I never have anything to write here. Or, well, I suppose I do, sometimes, but I forget, or I feel too lazy too. I hope I can make myself write more here, because this is after all, a place where I'm supposed to be able to look back at what I've wrote and have a good laugh, and so on in a couple of years. And yet, as I update now, I won't have much to say, but I do have two or three "news-bulletins" for you.

I can't remember if I mentioned that I am a PC guy, somewhere in this journal, well, in any case, I am. At the moment, I've grown tired of my computer. Actually, I have been since sometimes in December last year, thinking back at it, and so I don't use it for much more than practical stuff, such as doing homework on it, or talking to people over MSN Messenger on it.

On the other hand, since obviously my lack of interest for PC lately also caused my "everything is boring" period some time before Christmas, I have found a new source of interest and entertainment, something which I've known all along has been there, but that I have never really used. Books. Books are like watching a movie, just that the movie is a result of your own imagination, and it's really cool. All of you who read books know the feeling, so I won't get into it here, and I'll tell you who don't read books what a couple of friends of mine told me; "You gotta start reading books!!" Oh well, I'm gonna evade evangelism here. After all, I'm not the one to preach about books.

Furthermore, if you've been reading my earlier entries, you may have noticed that I have a girlfriend. Well, I don't anymore. We broke up. There's really not much more too it. It was a lot less dramatic than I ever expected it to be, and we're just as good friends as we used to be. I don't feel bad about it, and I'm sure she's okay too.

School has become a lot more fun lately. Not that I didn't find school fun before. I have long enjoyed increasing my knowledge, and there's really no better place than school for that, at least not in society today. After all, it'd be more fun doing it on your own, like "make and execute your own school plan" would be a cool idea, but I feel it'd be a little less social. Unless of course it actually took place at a school, but there were no classes. Yeah, that'd be best, since you'd have teachers around to help you if you'd need it. For some reason though, I think this wouldn't work too well. Some people just DON'T belong in school, namely those who just gives a damn about it. Anyway, I got off track, back to why school has become more fun lately. Do you remember those girls I've earlier mentioned, those whose personality was of the kind I'd like to make friends with? Well, if not yet a completely true friendship, at least the tension is gone, and it's no problem walking over and talk to them most of the time. There's not much more to say about that, other than that the fact that I now have such friends make me feel a lot less alone. I know now that there are people in this world who I can relate to in such a way. I have a feeling that what I just wrote makes me appear a little psychotic, but nah... not the case. It's just that ever since I grew to know my mind, I noticed that nobody else that I talked to had the qualities of mind and intelligence that I wanted them to have. This doesn't mean that I didn't have friends, and that my friends didn't cause me much fun and joy, but something was always missing, and now that I've found it, I feel somewhat "honored". So if you were starting to think that I'm weird, that's true, by the way, but I'm not insane. You just gotta know people's past before you can really judge them.

Yeah, and now I wrote a lot more than I expected to do here, heh. Oh well, that never hurts. I will write more. But it may take time.

Posted at 08:00 by darkphoenix
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Friday, February 06, 2004
Who knows what I'll become...

I find interest in so many things. I like studying people's behavior. I've for instance done own personal "projects" of mine with people, (of course without them knowing) such as taking note of how often or "aggressive" people use their hands when they explain things, or how comfortable they are with looking into your eyes when talking to you. And when people hold speeches or lecture, I try to notice how they stand, how insecure they look, etc. I've never done any work besides observing though. I don't have any written results or studies of my work. But I'd find it an interesting thing to work with. Social behavior. Or psychology. Or something like that.

I also like history. Depends on what it is about of course, but in general it's interesting to read and hear about what has happened in the past, such as wars, religious conflicts, nationalism, imperialism, our previous scientists, and other men of importance. Or how people lived back then, and how it relates to how we live now.

Furthermore, I'm also into rather theoretical subjects, such as math, physics, and to a certain degree, chemistry. It amuses me how so many things in this world can be explained only by numbers, and how it more or less constantly is correct. The laws of nature, as they are called, are more or less so thoroughly tested that nobody doubts them anymore, and the way the pythagorian theorem always proves that the sum of the areas of two small squares equal the area of one large one for instance. Check out this page for 43 proofs of the theorem, would you be interested.

Let's see, what more would I find interesting... Computers I suppose. It would really be something of a dream being one of the makers of an awesome computer game. Yet I wish this won't be my way of life, because of some things I've discovered about computers. First of all, it's not physically healthy using a computer over a long time span. Already, at the age of 17 I've noticed my body complain about too much sitting on the computer. I've decided to do something about it sometime soon, but I'm waiting for better weather to come, so I can get out. I also have discovered, even though this doesn't count for absolutely everything, that computers aren't that mentally challenging. Sure, there's always a way to improve your software by discovering some new method or algorithm or technology, but I still believe that I can get plenty more out of doing something else. Sure, it's nice if my job needs me to use a computer now and then, but I don't want it to become the main thing of my job.

Oh, if you move your thoughts back to were I began, about studying people... we have very this interesting subject at school, called something like "Knowledge of Society", where we learn how society works, and how politics works (part of society, so...) and similar. We had that today. Our current classes are about roles in society. It's not like I have never had the idea of it before, but your view of it changes when you have someone lecturing in it, and you get to hear other classmates' opinions and thoughts. Oh.. well.. that's a little exaggerated. My class consists of about 20-25 people, and we're about 6-7 people talking a lot, myself included, the rest basically just sit still and shut up, or if they say anything, it's to the student next to them. Anyway, back to the main topic here, we were discussing the different roles of men and women, and we were shown statistics of how women are superior to men in all aspects, and how that will just continue to expand as the women's liberation proceeds. Dark times ahead for us men, my teacher said. I don't know if I agree or don't. I'm just gonna wait and see.

Now it's 25 minutes past 23, and I'm tired, like I've been all day, so I'm gonna go to bed now. I wish you, whoever you might be, a nice day.

Posted at 23:29 by darkphoenix
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Tuesday, February 03, 2004
It's just time

to post something again. I haven't posted regularly lately, I know. Things have been busy, I haven't felt like it, haven't had that much to say either. I lost my umbrella at the subway today, in case anyone finds trivial things about my day interesting. I posted a bit earlier about a diet I was on, which is proceeding well so far... down about 2 kg in January. (4.4 lbs) (yay) Wonder what February will bring. I'm tired now, and I wanna go to bed, but thanks for reading. I'm sure you found it interesting.. bye-bye.

Posted at 22:29 by darkphoenix
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Saturday, January 24, 2004
I don't belive I have a huge fan crowd...

Yet I feel kind of bad for not maintaining this blog lately. I just don't know what to talk about. In the beginning, I intended this blog to be anonymous, however, I gave the link to my girlfriend, and some friends, and so I can't talk about everything here, simply because you can't do that with people you know. If you know what I mean. It's not like I want to hide things from them, but in a way, it's harder being bold when they know who you are.

I've been wasting a lot of my time lately reading online comics. I've started reading many, but only a few have really... interested me. I'll list them below, while trying to explain exactly why I like these comics. (All names (in bold) are links, feel free to click them and check out the comics)

  • Sexy Losers
    • This comic is my absolute favorite. I don't know what that says about me, considering the content of this comic (ah yes, be sure to read the warning before you start reading the comic. ;)) but this kind of humor is really my kind.
  • Homestar Runner
    • This is not a comic, it's more of an series of animations, however, it qualifies for being something I visit regularly, looking for a way to spend time. If you don't know of Homestar Runner, and you're a computer geek, please refrain from ever using the word "geek" for yourself ever again (or until this thing has become part of you), as you don't qualify. Knowing of Homestar Runner is a must for all nerds. (I'm of course joking, but you should really know of Homestar Runner!)
  • Nestacos
    • Although this comic is not updating anymore, it's a fun archive there. This comic uses sprites from old NES games, such as Super Mario, Link, Mega Man and Icarus. Hello Kitty even, for those who're interested. Err... yeah, just go read it.
  • Ghastly's Ghastly Comic
    • Ah yes. This is somewhat like the "Sexy Losers" one, just less explicit. I don't know much what to say about this one, I haven't really read it too thoroughly nor often. But it's got some funny points, and I recommend it.
  • Purple Pussy
    • Awww. Ain't that such a cute name? It's the least sexually related comic besides Homestar Runner though. It's got violence in it though. This is the last comic I'll list. Basically cause these are more or less all I read. There used to be one more, but I can't remember it's name nor address, so that's kind of in vain... anyway..

How about that? This took me quite a while to write, believe it or not. (Mostly cause I started reading the comics, until I remembered again that I was typing this, but anyway...) That's about it for now. I hope you, my dear fans, enjoyed a small update. I'll be sure to type something up as soon as something useful comes to my mind. Ah yes, and I'll also put the links to these comics up on the left side there, under "Links".

Bye!

Posted at 22:22 by darkphoenix
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Friday, January 16, 2004
Diet and workout

That's what I've started. Ain't that nice? I don't have anything else to write about anyway, and the break here is getting too big. I really should type something down, so why don't I just mention what I've done to myself lately?

I've read a book called The Hacker's Diet, which basically is a diet program written by a computer hacker (not to be confused with cracker) - and if you've ever heard of a company called AutoDesk and their most famous program AutoCAD, he's the founder of the company and wrote large parts of AutoCAD. Just to give him some authority. In his book he says he's been overweight all his life, and when he finally discovered a method that worked, he wrote a book about it, and published it. First in paper form, then online, for free, so anyone can read it. I said it's a diet program, and in a way it is, but then again, the program allows you to eat exactly what you want, it just regulates the amount you eat of it. Say, if you want to eat.. um... a fat, juicy steak, you can't eat much before you have to stop. On the other hand, if you only want to have lettuce, you can have almost as much as you can possibly push into yourself. Anyway, I didn't intend to preach about a diet, if you need be on one, you probably already are, and if you don't you're probably not interested. The point was that I am on a diet.

Why do I diet? I'm not really that big or in a huge need of weight reduction, however, I don't like being out of control with anything. My weight was steadily growing since the beginning of November last year, and on Monday, I figured it was about time to take care of the problem. I weighed in at 80 kg then, (176 lbs) and I intend to drop down to about 72-73 kg. (159 - 161 lbs) If I don't feel comfy there, I'll just drop some more, but that's my goal.

So... to the next topic. Workout. When you diet, your body will use and burn fat to make up for the nutrition you don't give it. Right? Well, almost. Your body will also break down your muscle tissue when you diet - not as much as it will use fat of course, but your muscles are "under attack". A way to avoid this, is to actually use them, work out just a little, so that they actually build up instead. That way, your body can't break it down, or if it does, it does no harm. Furthermore, workout has two other positive effects when it comes to workout. First of all, workout increases your metabolism. Naturally. This'll cause your body to burn even more fat, so your diet will proceed faster. (Yeah, I don't like being on a diet, like most other people.. the faster I can get it over with, the better), and secondly, it reduces the feeling of hunger. So I work out a little too. Isn't that interesting? ;)

I think I've had a lot to write about this week, I just haven't written it down, and thus I haven't been able to remember it enough to actually write about it. I'll try doing that more.

Posted at 08:36 by darkphoenix
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Friday, January 09, 2004
*happy happy*

Mm.. I've felt very nice and happy the last three days or so. I don't know why though. I haven't lost my boredom. I'm not gonna say much now, just wanted my fans (sure, yeah.. two, maybe three people reading this. :P) to know that I feel good now. Nice to know eh? See ya in a.. while I guess. When I make something new up.

Posted at 19:42 by darkphoenix
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